Today is an extra challenge for clearing our those bits & pieces I have around the kitchen. It’s not a challenge because it’s so little, but rather because I want to use as much as possible so I won’t have to take a lot back with me to Madrid, plus I don’t want to spend money on any other ingredients. Again, I really hate waste!
Here’s a list of a few things that must be used in the next few days:
2 hot dog buns
a jar of homemade chili I canned last year
5 chicken hot dogs
1 stock of broccoli
the last loaf of homemade bread ( I usually make 5 loaves at a time which lasts me for 1 week including all the guests we have)
7 corn muffins
1/2 of homemade croutons
1/2 a jar of cooked garbanzo (chick peas) beans (which I canned myself last year)
I’m still in the village and don’t have access to my entire pantry, but still we have plenty to eat.
Ok, here’s some of my thinking for today.
Breakfast: John had eggs sausage & potatoes
I had 3 mandarins & toast with smashed garbanzo beans, a drizzle of olive oil & salt~ wow that’s good!
1st plate: leftover pasta salad
2nd plate: 3 chicken hot dogs wrapped in bacon fried, with the jar of chili over the top, roasted carrots, turnip & broccoli with salt & olive oil
I went ahead and made these while preparing the mid-day meal: Sandwiches that will be toasted in a skillet this evening of: homemade bread, mozzarella cheese, and I popped open a jar of roasted red peppers that I canned last year. We try to end the day with a little lighter meal and eat our largest meal of the day at 2pm.
Tomorrows breakfast I ‘prepped’ today also, 2 hard boiled eggs, with which I will make a creamed curry sauce over corn muffins & on the side, 1 sliced banana with sliced strawberries.
I also took out 2 of the bacon wrapped hot dogs, put them in the 2 last hot dog buns and grated a wee bit of mozzarella cheese over them a bit of Dijon mustard and wrapped them up for our ‘on the road’ lunch tomorrow. I ‘ll also make an extra sandwich for John of toasted peanut-butter & banana sandwich.
Supper for me will be another yummy garbanzo bean paste toast & leftover chili for John with a corn muffin
So, here is the new list using what have:
6 4 bananas 1 pk 1/2 pk bacon 2 hot dog buns a jar of homemade chili I canned last year 5 chicken hot dogs 1 turnip 4 strawberries 1 stock of broccoli 1/2 stock of broccoli 5 3 carrots the last loaf of homemade bread ( I usually make 5 loaves at a time which lasts me for 1 week including all the guests we have) 3/4 loaf left 7 3 corn muffins
1/2 of homemade croutons
1/2 a jar of cooked garbanzo (chick peas) beans (which I canned myself last year) 8 6 eggs ( from my 3 hens)
OK, this quest of mine to use what I have has brought me to this question: “what do I do with the 8 bananas that I have?” I’m trying to have a ‘smoothie’ each day with 1 banana…+ some strawberries and milk but I’m in the ‘village’ right now and don’t have my ‘lite/low-fat’ milk… so I can’t have too many of those! Here is a fun website I found for using bananas:
I have several packets of frozen ‘very ripe’ bananas in the freezer for banana bread… but really how much of that stuff can we eat? Don’t want to freeze anymore bananas. I want to eat all of them…every last one, enjoy and be thankful for every bite. When we get back home, I’m going to try this banana recipe: Spicy Banana Zucchini Balls Looks ‘interesting’. There has got to be more uses for bananas than bread & smoothies!
John: leftovers ( we have eggs, & sausage from guests we had last week)
Bobbie: 1 piece of toast (leftover) with cream cheese + 1 mandarin
1st plate: Spicy Red bean & potato soup (which I canned last year) & left over corn muffins
2nd plate: will be that last cooking banana (plantain) sliced in strips and fried, salad, leftover chicken picata with pasta bows & zucchini & some hot dogs in puff pastry that I had left over. Basically a little bit of everything!
toasted cheese sandwiches w/ the bread I made last week, the mozzarella cheese I have in the fridge and grilled zucchini.
I try and keep my pantry and freezer well-stocked with a variety of canned, dried and frozen goods that I know we’ll love to eat. Canned beans, frozen vegetables, meat and fish and dried fruit, nuts, pasta & noodles, rice & grains, are all essentials with a long shelf life – meaning I will always have the ingredients standing by to pull together a delicious meal or to jazz up my leftovers. The trick is to replace items once you have used them up. I keep a running list.
I use my pantry to create meals from leftovers. Any spare fresh tomatoes could be added to some canned ones to make a great topping for pizza. Rice would turn leftover chicken and wrinkly peppers into a delicious summer salad. Add a can of lentils to my ground beef meat to make it stretch further. John actually prefers a rice crust for quiche rather than pastry. It’s easy to do:
leftover cooked rice
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 c. shredded Swiss cheese (or any cheese)
Start saving money right now by making a date with your fridge! Open it up and look to see what needs to be used up and plan menus around those items. Sounds simple right? But I’m always so surprised to hear people say that they throw out so much food or don’t plan their meals.
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Today is a big day for me in the kitchen. Making pizza for 25 is going to be a ton of work, but I’ll begin the chopping and shredding early in the day. I’ll start the dough and get that in the fridge early on. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m not using the grocery $ for this, but instead my personal allowance. That was I can stay on track with my saving for the upcoming trip to Germany in 2012.
Here’s my menu for today:
John: Corn muffins, egg, & leftovers
Bobbie: 2 kiwi’s
We’re having all the LEFTOVERS in the fridge… including the soups, and stir fry.
Pizza, salad & cake… this is what I’m serving for our guests but we’ll probably skip the cake.
I cleaned out the entire fridge and re-organized it. I have one shelf in the pantry organized and I found a packet of stir fry seasoning mix that our friends from church sent to us. It’s the last one of it’s kind.
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… and I have good stuff! Today’s menu looks like this:
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